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Report: Ben Roethlisberger will play vs. Colts, Heath Miller likely will not

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play on Sunday against the Colts, while tight end Heath Miller is not.

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We already mentioned earlier today how the Colts will be without a few key players for Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, including their starting quarterback.  The Steelers, however, will likely have their starter under center on Sunday night, as Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is listed as probable for the game after practicing all this week.  Tight end Heath Miller (rib), however, didn't practice on either Wednesday or Thursday and was a limited participant today, being listed as questionable.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reported earlier today that Roethlisberger will be ready to play, but Miller is far less certain.  The tight end will reportedly be a game-time decision, but at this point it's unlikely that he will play.

Miller has caught 39 passes for 390 yards and a touchdown this year, ranking second on the team in both receptions (39) and targets (50) behind only Antonio Brown.  He has once again been a very reliable target from the tight end position, the same thing he's been doing for Pittsburgh for the past decade.  In 11 seasons with the Steelers, Miller has played in 164 games and has caught 571 passes for 6,424 yards and 44 touchdowns, averaging 11.3 yards per catch.  Last year against the Colts, Miller caught seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Playing without him would obviously be a significant loss for the Steelers, but they have other receivers to help make up for it.  The big news for them is getting Roethlisberger on the field, as he can take advantage of those other wideouts Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, etc.).  With Roethlisberger directing the offense, the Colts will certainly have their hands full, though it sounds like they might not have to worry about Heath Miller.